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Around the Districts: Cushinstown, Graiguenamanagh, Gusserane, Horeswood, Tullogher-Rosbercon


BLAST FROM THE PAST - Some of the boys who took part in a hurling blitz in Cushinstown in 2001

BLAST FROM THE PAST - Some of the boys who took part in a hurling blitz in Cushinstown in 2001

BLAST FROM THE PAST - Some of the boys who took part in a hurling blitz in Cushinstown in 2001

Cushinstown: Notes Contact - Contact Rita Gaffney. Mobile 087 9914202. email Notes must be in by 8 p.m. Thursday night.

Corona Virus Action Network

A group of local residents in the area of Rathgarogue-Cushinstown and Surrounding areas are offering a helping hand if you need it. With the corona virus in mind, if you need assistance with basic groceries, your prescription, access to information, or anything else that helps you in your daily life, please make contact with Catherine 087 9117727, Rita 087 9914202, Robbie 087 2736861, Mary 087 9415399.

If anyone is aware of anyone who might benefit from this offer of help, please feel free to pass on our contact info to them. Please all take care and stay safe.

Local Amenities: Centra 051 428441, O'Brien's 051 425066, O'Dwyers 051424081, Kehoe's Potatoes 087 2412178, Boyles Butchers 051 425441, Ryan's Farm Fresh 087 237948, Sinnotts Irishtown 051 421886.

Other useful contacts: HSE - 1850241850, Travelwise 01 6131733, Alone 0818-222024, Seniorline 1800 804591, Samartians 116123, Pieta House 1800 247247, Women's Aid 1800 341900, Free Legal Advice Centre 1890 350250, 01 8745690, Workers Rights Centre 1890 747881, Threshold 1800 454454, MABS 0761 072000.

Raheen Family Resource Centre

If anyone in the community needs help or assistance during this difficult time please do not hesitate to contact Raheen FRC at 089 2431750.



To submit news items, club events, announcements etc for the notes email Deadline is Thursday 6 p.m.


Graiguenamanagh is still very quite due to the Coronavirus. Businesses are trying their best to maintain their usual customers, and the local SuperValu have a free delivery service. So for anyone that is anxious about coming out due to the Covid-19, just call them at 059 9724452 and they will take your order. Also O'Shea's Hardware will continue with fuel deliveries as it is necessity for all their customers, just ring Ken at 087 2075777 and they will deliver to you door.


Duiske Abbey is closed for the last four weeks due to the Coronavirus.


Local well known singer Christy Bolger gives a lift to the local people as he performs on Abbey Street outside his home with a selection of songs at 7 p.m., weather permitting.



Given the current circumstances many people in our community may experience difficulties over the coming weeks and may be reluctant to leave their home. Gusserane GAA members are volunteering their services in order to help people in need and are ready to assist in whatever way possible.

If you or your family know of anybody in our community who require assistance with anything from grocery collection, medical prescription supplies, fuel collection or indeed help of any kind, the club have gathered a team of volunteers to assist.

Please call or text one of the following: Shane Cullen 087 9924994; Kenneth Cahill 087 6657348; Lorraine O'Neill 086 1743117; Eamon Kent 087 9291201; Pat Conway 087 9202786; Mark O'Neill 086 4060432; Evan O'Neill 085 1728975; Robert Browne 087 9645503; Jaime Cooney 087 2358182; Cillian Kehoe 087 7830685; Adrian Flynn 087 2184847; Gary O'Grady 086 7770240; James Redmond 087 6546942; Ciarán Conway 087 2448585; Tommy Ryan 086 0752152; Adrian Redmond 085 1334346; John Roche (SNR) 086 1737873; Jack O'Connor 086 1218538; Fintan Ryan 087 1227314; James Kinsella 085 7024966.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the Murphy family of Yoletown on the passing last week of mother and grandmother, Mary. Predeceased by her son John and husband Billy, Mary's passing comes at a hugely difficult time, with Government restrictions surrounding funerals.

Neighbours maintained social distancing while lining the road for the funeral cortège. Our thoughts are with Tony, Mary, Pat, Kathleen, Ann, Willie, Ollie and Barry and her other relations and friends on their loss.

Mary Kate

The Gusserane community had a difficult week last week with a number of deaths in the parish. The passing of Mary Kate O'Donohoe was deeply felt by all in the area and particularly in the tight-knit community of Rathimney.

It was especially difficult for her sisters Margaret, Bridget and Geraldine as they had also only buried their mother, Maisie, last November.

The roads from Rathimney, through Dunmain and on to Gusserane were lined with neighbours who observed social distancing while paying their respects.


Two highly regarded and popular families in the Ballycullane area lost family members in recent weeks. Sincere sympathy is extended to the Foley family of Ballytarsna on the passing of Billy, and the Kehoe family of Coolroe on Eileen's passing.

Government restrictions regarding large gatherings meant that traditional funerals could not be held so neighbours could only sympathise from a distance. Our thoughts and prayers go to both families at this difficult time.


A look back in time

The following are some Horeswood notes from this week in 2010.

BALLYKELLY WHIST - 1st Lady: Carmel Dwyer. 2nd: Breda Cummins and Eva Neville. half time: Ann Culleton and Alice Murphy. 1st gent: Maureen Davitt. 2nd: Willie Lyng. half time: Eamonn Doyle. specials: James Lennon, Mary whitty, Joan Howlin, Pat Murphy.

HANDBALL - Horeswood players won 2 All Ireland titles last week. Ger McWilliams partnered by Jim Bergin won the Emerald Masters Doubles while Declan Hart and Fintan Doyle won the Silvers Masters Title. Declan and Ray Hart, Barry McWilliams and Garret Somers won the county Team of 4 final. In the club singles final Pat Somers beat Shaun Kent.

GAA NEWS - The Senior footballers had an easier than expected 2-9 to 1-4 win over Ballyhogue in the Championship. GAA President Christy Cooney will officially open the new Club Development on Saturday June 5th and on the same weekend there will be a 7-a-side football tournament, with teams from a number of counties competing. Jimmy Breen, ballyvelig was the winner of €200 in April's Model County Draw.

MINI SEVENS - The Scoil Mhuire Mgirls Minio Sevens football will meet Piercestown in the County Final after beating Kilmyshall in the semi final. Panel Keely Murphy, Maria Cummins, Jane Cummins, Niamh Mernagh, Hazel Murphy, Sinead Ryan, Lucille Prendergast, Tara Rowe, Niamh Doyle, Ciara Kent.

ARTS AND CRAFTS CLUB - Messy Mitts Arts and Crafts Club for 6-10 year olds is starting new classes in Campile Hall on Thursdays from 6.30-7.30. To book contact Sarah.

HAITI TABLE QUIZ - A table Quiz in aid of Haiti will be held in the Horse and Hound on Friday 30th with Micheal O Muircheartaigh the question master. Entry per tam is €40, with €20 for juniors.

COISTE NA NOG - The under 14 footballers had their first game away to Oylegate last Thursday, winning 5-11 to 4-4. The Football Feile is on May 1st. The under 16 hurlers lost to Gusserane.


Mass on the Web

With the Government restrictions still in place and likely to continue for some time, Catholics are unable to attend Mass in their local church during the week or at the weekend. However, there is consolation in being able to join in on the Web on Saturdays and Sundays where transmission comes from many local churches. Rosbercon are the latest to join and while there had been some technical difficulties in the initial stages, these can be overcome. During the week anyone wishing to hear Mass from Telefis Eireann can do so by going to channel 521 on your television.


The outlook is rather gloomy for sporting fixtures in Ireland this year with the Government lockdown due to continue till the end of August. All county and national championship ties are hanging in the balance and unless there is a dramatic change with the Covid 19 pandemic its bye. bye, to the season. Time will have run out and if there are going to be matches then all championships fixtures will have to be on a knockout basis.

The May Bush

In bygone years, there was a tradition to prepare a May Bush before the first day of the month. A suitable bush was found on which to hang garlands of flowers and lots of coloured ribbons. It was so decorated in honour of Our Lady and also to welcome in summer. Another May Morning custom was to scatter flowers on the doorstep. If a fair-haired maiden was first to arrive on a visit, it was a sign of bad luck. But if was a dark-haired lass who arrived, she would bring wealth and happiness to the house all summer long.

Down Memory Lane

The first ever adult Kilkenny Championship final was won for the parish in 1922 with a team called the Barrow Rovers captained by Jim Cody of Smithstown. On December 10 they met the Nore Rangers from the Rower at Barretts Park New Ross and were winning the tie 2-2 to 0-0, when referee, Jimmy Hanrahan (former Glenmore footballer and North St businessman), was forced to call a halt to the game owing to darkness setting in. In the replay at the Rower the Barrow Rovers were easy winners on a 2-7 to 0-5 score line.

Then in the Southern Final at Mullinavat, they defeated Glenmore by four points, 2-7 to 2-3 after a hectic game of football.

On then to St James's Park Kilkenny and hotly fancied opponents, Muckalee the Northern champions, in the county final. Leading by 1-2 to no score at half time, they added another 1-1 in the second period while restricting Muckalee to a lone point scored with almost the last kick of the game.

The history makers taking home their first Kilkenny title were, Jim Cody (Capt Smithstown), Tom Barron (Darbystown), Richie Ryan (Guilcough), Johnny Murphy (Hoodsgrove), Dick Barron (Darbystown), Jimmy Ryan (Guilcough), Bill Doolan (Curraghmore), Dick Wallace (Listerlin), John Gorey (Hoodsgrove), John Maddock (Listerlin), Bob Lackey (Ballyneale), Paddy Wallace (Listerlin), Paddy Gaule (Mullinarrigle), Jim Lyng (Inistioge), John Knox (Brownstown), James Galavan (The Rower), Dick Hoban (Brabstown), Pat Lyng (The Rower), Dan Gorey (Hoodsgrove), John Grennan (Ballycurran).

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